The following list shows days of commemoration on which the flying of the Australian National Flag and, where appropriate, other flags, is particularly encouraged. Unless noted otherwise, these days are celebrated nationally.

1 January

Anniversary of the establishment of the Commonwealth of Australia

26 January

Australia Day

13 February

Anniversary of the Apology to Members of the Stolen Generations

March, second Monday

Commonwealth Day

21 March

Harmony Day

Commenced in 1999 and celebrates Australia’s success as a diverse society united as one family by a common set of values.

25 April

Anzac Day

Flags are flown at half-mast until noon then at the peak until the usual time for closure of business.

9 May

Anniversary of the inauguration of Canberra as the seat of government

Australian Capital Territory only.

27 May to 3 June

National Reconciliation Week

In recognition of 27 May as the anniversary of the 1967 Referendum which successfully removed from the Constitution clauses that discriminated against Indigenous Australians and 3 June as the anniversary of the High Court decision in the Eddie Mabo land rights case of 1992.

The Australian Aboriginal Flag and the Torres Strait Islander Flag should be flown on additional flagpoles, where available, next to or near the Australian National Flag on Australian Government buildings and establishments.

If there is only one flagpole available, the Australian Aboriginal Flag and the Torres Strait Islander Flag should not replace the Australian National Flag. If there are two flagpoles available, it is at the discretion of the authority concerned to determine which flag should be flown with the Australian National Flag.

June, second Monday

Queen’s Birthday

Except in Queensland and Western Australia, where it is observed later in September or October.

July, nominated week

NAIDOC Week

Originally an acronym for National Aboriginal and Islanders’ Day Observance Committee, the acronym has since become the name of the week – NAIDOC Week is held every year to celebrate and promote a greater understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and culture.

The Australian Aboriginal Flag and the Torres Strait Islander Flag should be flown on additional flagpoles, where available, next to or near the Australian National Flag on Australian Government buildings and establishments.

If there is only one flagpole available, the Australian Aboriginal Flag and the Torres Strait Islander Flag should not replace the Australian National Flag. If there are two flagpoles available, it is at the discretion of the authority concerned to determine which flag should be flown with the Australian National Flag.

3 September

Australia National Flag Day

Each year, as well as being Australia National Flag Day, is also Merchant Navy Day. Organisations and individuals commemorating Merchant Navy Day can choose to fly the Australian Red Ensign. The Australian Red Ensign is an official flag of Australia and is proclaimed under the Flags Act 1953.

If there are two flagpoles available, it is at the discretion of the authority concerned to fly two flags the Australian National Flag the Australian Red Ensign.

17 September

Citizenship Day

First introduced in 2001 and is an opportunity for all Australians to take pride in our citizenship and reflect on the meaning and importance of being Australian.

24 October

United Nations Day

If there are two or more flagpoles of equal height available, the United Nations Flag should be flown together with the Australian National Flag all day. The Australian National Flag should be flown in the pre-eminent position with the United Nations Flag on the second flagpole for the day. The United Nations Flag should be of the same size as the Australian National Flag.

11 November

Remembrance Day

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